At Higher Coombe
Historically most farms had an orchard, but unfortunately our last apple trees died off a few years back. So in December 2017 we decided to restore the orchard, planting as many traditional local varieties as possible.
We've planted a range of apple trees for eating, cooking and juice, including our favourite Tom Putt, a variety which originated a couple of miles up the road.
We've planted a couple of cherry trees to remind Kerstin of her childhood garden in Sweden. We already have many wild cherries growing in the goyles around the farm but the birds always seem to get to them before we do!
We've also planted a pear tree and several plums and gages. We can't wait for them to grow big enough to blossom and bear fruit.
ORCHARD CAMPING COMING SOON!
This year we're also planning to open up the orchard and other small fields around the farm buildings to tents and small campervans. This will be the first time campers have been welcomed on the farm and we look forward to sharing this wonderful location.
Campers will pitch their tents in and around the trees. A goyle runs alongside the orchard with a babbling stream running through the bottom, meaning campers will be able to nod off to sleep with the sound of the stream, wind in the trees and the occasional owl hooting.